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Meet Our Office of the Safety Advocate Director

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The Office of the Safety Advocate (OSA) is the CPUC’s newest Division, established in Fall 2016 pursuant to legislation, to “advocate for the continuous, cost-effective improvement of the safety management and safety performance of public utilities.” OSA will participate in CPUC proceedings as an advocate on utility safety concerns to inform the official record on safety related risks and provide transparency of safety information.  OSA will also recommend improvements to the CPUC’s safety management policies, procedures, and safety culture.

Christopher Parkes was announced this week as the Director of OSA. 

Mr. Parkes joined the CPUC in 2003 as an engineer auditing and inspecting power plants in the Safety & Enforcement Division's (SED's) Electric Generation unit.  In 2013 Mr. Parkes joined SED's utility Risk Assessment Section as a senior engineer supporting safety in CPUC proceedings.  Through this experience, Mr. Parkes has developed an inquiring and creative approach to the entire panoply of safety issues, including safety management systems and the use of a safety culture to promote safety.

Mr. Parkes has a BSEE degree from UC Davis. 




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